The Cat's Connection
We are off to a great start! The kids have settled in after the first couple of days of figuring out where to go and when to be there. I am excited about this school year and to be a part of our students' learning through the challenges that await them. School, by and large, is academically focused, which it should be, but our staff understands this very important stage in our kids' lives and takes extra care to help them build skills to navigate this interesting time of life.
Over the course of the year, we will be sending our Cat's Connection in hopes of keeping families up to date on the great things and important events going on at LaCreole.
Something to note: This year we have moved our traditional open house to a little later in the Fall, October 25th. This will help our teachers and students get to know each other a little better and will also provide time in our classes to put together learning projects to exhibit for what we hope will make projects more authentic and meaningful for students in the process.
We Welcome Our New Staff!
Mr. Moran will be teaching social studies in both 7th and 8th grade.
Mrs. Hatch joins our 8th grade English language arts team.
Ms. Shook will be teaching art, offering drawing, painting, ceramics, and a mixed media class.
Not new to our building, but new to her position, Ms. Lilley has joined our team as our new counselor. She has established relationships with staff and students and has already made a positive impact at our school.
| || |
Mrs. Centoni will be with us part time as our mental health counselor. She works for Polk County Mental Health Services and serves both Dallas and Central School Districts. We look forward to working with her.
Adapting In the Age of Technology
Technology for Learning
Once again this year at LaCreole, you will notice a focus on learning using different technologies. Students will use computers and mobile devices to research, connect with their teachers, collaborate with others on projects, as well as to create various products. Students have learned that technology can be used as a powerful tool for learning, not just a toy.
Student safety is our priority. While students are at school and accessing our Internet, a heavy duty filter system is in place to protect them and the work they produce. We understand that when we think of the worst case scenarios, whether it be student disengagement, cyberbullying, or visiting inappropriate sites, technology use can be somewhat of a scary endeavor, one that some schools choose to not pursue. We believe it is our responsibility to help students learn important skills and prepare them for their futures through thinking and collaborative exercises, just as we do as adults on a daily basis. We are very purposeful when it comes to student use of technology here at school. We provide a curriculum that focuses on what it means to be a good digital citizen. We want our students to be smart and safe when it comes to technology use.
Bring Your Own Device
Though we have increased the number of devices we have at school, the majority of which are Chromebooks, we are not able to provide all students with the technology needed all of the time. We encourage students who have and use personal devices at home to feel free to bring them and use them at school. Having familiarity and continuous access to their device helps them stay organized and proficient on the tools they use here at school as well as at home. We refer this as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and this helps all students gain access needed.
We have utilized many resources, like Common Sense Media, an online resource for parents, students, and teachers. If you would like to learn more about digital citizenship and increase your own digital literacy, check out the link below. Throughout this school year we will be sharing tips and strategies of positive use and discussions with kids.
6th Grade Band - It's not too late!
6th Graders – Now is your chance to join the band! It’s not too late to change your schedule and learn how to play an instrument. Come join one of the most awesome, fun, and music filled classes at school! Just let our counselor, Kayce Lilley, know that you would like to join the band. You can also talk with our band director, Mr. Hettwer, if you have any questions about it.
Instruments that you can play in band are: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion. Mr. Hettwer can tell you the best ways to get an instrument to help you get started. E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activity Night Friday, September 9th
Our first activity night of the year is planned for this Friday, September 9, from 7 - 9 p.m. Activity Nights are a fun way for our kids to get together and have fun in a safe environment. Students may choose to participate in karaoke, bingo, or various games in the gym. Doc Titus, DJ extraordinaire, will be here! Parents interested in chaperoning may contact our main office at 503-623-6662.
We ask students to please remember:
- Only current LaCreole students may attend.
- There is a $5 entrance fee.
- Dress according to school dress code as this is a school function.
- Bring $$ for snacks, if desired. The Cat's Den will be open for business!
- Students must stay in the building, with supervision, during the entire event.
- Early leavers must sign out with an administrator and be picked up by a parent/guardian. Students will not be sent out the door to meet a parent/guardian at another location. Students will not be allowed to walk home or to another location prior to 9 p.m. when the activity is over. No re-admittance.
- Follow school rules. Students with poor behavior will be asked to leave, and a parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student.
- Make prior arrangements to be picked up by 9 p.m.
- Students with behavior referrals will not be allowed to attend Activity Night. Students who need to make up lunch and after-school detentions will not be allowed to attend Activity Night.
BE READY! BE RESPONSIBLE! BE RESPECTFUL!
Parents: If you would like to volunteer at one of our activity nights, please contact our office at 503-623-6662. We need volunteers!
SEE YOU THERE!